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1988 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme prototype

[Note: a reader recently pointed out that a test vehicle made of cobbled parts is considered a “mule.” Whereas, a test vehicle made of essentially production-intent parts, though camouflaged, is more accurately referred to as a “prototype.” It makes sense. Prototype can be defined as “a first or early example that is used as a model for what comes later,” which better describes vehicles in the late stages of testing. Thus, I’ll strive to make the distinction from this point on.]

1988 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme coupe prototype

The fifth generation of Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme was introduced in coupe form mid way through 1988. This image of a prototype out testing is from January of 1987. Its A- and C-pillars have been altered, rather successfully, to give the illusion of an entirely different roofline. Notice the faux doorhandles and full-width masking at the rear.

1988 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme coupe prototype

This photo is from the same time period but of a different car. At first glance, this one looks almost undisguised, however, upon closer inspection, there are indications it wears the same A- and C-pillar camouflage as the car shown above.